Table of Contents
- Animation and Art
- Final Verdict
TAGS : Comedy, Romance, School, Shoujo
STORY – 7.5/10
Ayuzawa Misaki – a Student Council President is very diligent at what she does. She has, however, a certain quirk that makes every male in the school hate her in a sense. She hates men. Misaki wants her school to become more girl-friendly so she is very strict towards men and kind towards women. However, she has a secret she doesn’t want anyone to find out. She works part-time…as a maid in Maid Latte. As usual, the last person she wants to find that out – Usui Takumi – happens to see her in her maid outfit. From now on, the romance story of those two who try to keep this secret to themselves unfolds!
Welcome to the story of Kaichou wa Maid-sama! – the very simple, yet amusing one. It’s a shoujo title, so please keep that in mind before progressing any further into the review. It’s a story about a very strict,yet kind Student Council President and a heart-crushing high schooler whose love story is told in the show. It’s not very complicated. It’s not even original, but it has it’s merits that greatly outweigh the downsides
First thing is first, the setting. High school is more than common occurrence and it isn’t very unique here either. The school which they attend has turned into a co-ed school not so long ago, and there still aren’t that many girls in there. Our MC is a girl, and as aforementioned, she is rather strict, and her love interest, or rather, the one who fell in love with her, is a notorious heart-crusher. Doesn’t that sound familiar? It does, but the execution is rather good. We get to see Misaki struggle with her attitude and the students in school because of how she acts towards them. We also see her struggle to keep her part-time job a secret. The comedy lies within various situations that arise with trying to keep it as a secret.
Speaking of comedy, is it any good? For the most part, yeah. It’s a series aimed at girls by the genre, but everyone can enjoy it equally. The comedy is more or less the same throughout the whole show. If I were to name the type of comedy it has, I think I’d go for a “character comedy” rather than “situational”. It’s not the situations that create the most fun moments, but the characters themselves, their dialogue and interactions. Of course, that is not to say that there is no of the latter, but mostly the former.
The romance goes somewhere, and has a lot of sweet moments. It wasn’t the most perfect example of a high school romance, but it was definitely satisfying and entertaining. However, while the story is paced really well, the romance isn’t. When you think something will happen, the status quo will more than likely come back in the next episode, like nothing really happened, even though the characters will mention it every now and then.
The story is definitely coherent, easily understandable and progresses at a considerable pace. Not too slow, not too fast. It answers pretty much everything you could ask for.
Now, that’s not to say that the story is flawless. The main problem I personally had with the series is how the girl was so oblivious towards her love interest. Also, how, even though she was the one in “power” and was kind of idolized, didn’t know how to act and tie the ends. It irritated me to no end, how she couldn’t acknowledge him even though he confessed to her. But, that’s a whole lot of different story. It was the biggest downside the romance story in shoujo genre could ever, in my opinion, hope for.
CHARACTERS – 8/10
The cast of Kaichou wa Maid-sama! is rather big, but only the main ones get enough development to care about them so to speak. While the side characters aren’t bad by any stretch of the imagination, they just don’t get enough development for whatever reason, thus making them act much more like a plot devices. Not always, but it happens, and not rarely. The main cast of Misaki and Usui is really well done. They both get so much development, as well as their relationship, that you simply can’t not care about them.
All of the cast has really cool personalities that just click together really well. Their interactions are brilliant, and they create the comedy. I was going to say that they carry the show, but I don’t think that’s the case. They are good, but they are nothing too extraordinary in the shoujo genre. If you’ve read/watched a lot of shows from that genre, you’ll not be seeing many different “archetypes” in this one. Not the best ones you could wish for, but definitely satisfactory.
One good thing about Kaichou wa Maid-sama! that doesn’t happen very much in shoujo titles is the main character – Misaki. She isn’t your typical damsel in distress. She is strong. And more often than not, she will solve problems on her own. I thought that was something really worth noting, considering the genre.
Ayuzawa Misaki : High school girl. Misaki is the Student Council President, with strong hate for boys. She, however, cares about the girls a lot, and wants to make her newly co-ed school a much better place for girls that would want to apply in the future. She works part-time in a Maid Latte dressed up as a maid. She is very strong willed, trained in Aikido, and has really strong will. Misaki has semi-long black hair and hazel eyes.
Usui Takumi : High school boy. Usui is the so-called “heart-crusher”. He is very handsome, and usually ends up rejecting girls whenever they confess. She falls in love with Misaki when he sees her in her maid outfit. He is very tall with blonde, spiky hair and green eyes. He is very teasy, and calls himself a stalker of Misaki, telling her he enjoys watching her. He tries to act as a bodyguard of Misaki, even though she doesn’t need one.
ANIMATION AND ART – 7.5/10
The art is what you’d normally see in the shoujo genre. (I know I’ve said it a lot, but, for a lack of better term, I think it’s alright, as I’ve found that pretty much every single series in that genre looks almost the same). It is very bright, colourful with very wide colour palette. Ocassionally, everything is shiny and sparkling. Sometimes, however, characters turn into “chibi” or “wimpy” form of themselves, usually for comedic relief. It’s really pretty, sweet, and almost too cute to my liking..but I liked that nonetheless.
The animation is nothing outstanding really. It has few moments where it looks way more smoother than it really is, but generally it’s pretty generic. It won’t make you cringe and punch the hell out of your desktop, neither will it leave you with awe as well. I for one thought it was really well done and fit wihin the show.
If you’re not a fan of this art, you may want to stay away. And possibly, away from most of shoujo titles, as that’s what they have and do. If you don’t mind, feel free to stay and enjoy the hell out of it.
SOUNDTRACK – 7/10
The soundtrack of Kaichou wa Maid-sama! wasn’t very memorable. I finished the show very recently, less than a week ago as of writing this actually, and besides the opening, nothing really stood out. There are some cool tunes, mainly the “main theme” so to speak, but the rest just kinda is there. They fit the atmosphere, don’t get me wrong, and they are definitely cool, but not outstanding.
The opening is really cool, catchy and sweet, with the same type of visuals to go along with it. The ending wasn’t really memorable, but it was just fine. Nothing too shabby.
Now, the show has been licensed for dubbing. Here’s the catch. There are, as of now, two dubbings out. One done by Animax, the one I’ve tried, and the other one released in January 2015, which I haven’t got my hands on, by Sentai Filmworks. The thing is, the Animax dub is..shit, for a lack of better (or worse) term. Seriously, it sounds like it’s a fandub and has tons of quality issues. I heard the new dub is hundred times better, but don’t quote me on that, as I haven’t tried it. Just avoid the old dubbing if all possible.
The Japanese Seiyuu performed really well on the contrary. They pictured Usui’s and Misaki’s personalities perfectly, and while they were good, some side actors I thought were kind of off, but nothing too major. Overall, I’d say go for Japanese instead of English, unless you can get your hands on the newly released dub.
FINAL VERDICT – 7.5/10
Kaichou wa Maid-sama! – a romance series with high school setting and a quirk in form of Maid Latte employee in it. It’s a very bright and colourful series with rather well developed romance and overaching story, and a set of enjoyable characters. Even though the “more available” dub is..well..shit, the Japanese Seiyuu did perform so nothing to worry about on that front.
The series aimed at girls enjoyed by male alike – Kaichou wa Maid-sama! is the one I recommend who looks for something really sweet with a bit of romance. Not something that will blow your mind with it’s story, but something to chill out to, and enjoy the romance as it slowly progresses towards the oh-so-awaited finalle.